Dentistry, Dental Hygiene Tips for a More Thorough Clean

Everyone knows Dental Care is paramount in achieving a beautiful and healthy smile. As a child, your parents taught you to care for your teeth and gums and as you got older your dentist is always there to remind you to do the same. How do you clean your teeth? What does dental care involve? Many of you know that brushing is important but are you aware that there is a proper technique for brushing? Do you know how many minutes you need to brush your teeth and how often you should be doing it? Do you know the consequences if you don’t brush your teeth the right way? The reason why people are getting tooth decay, cavities and gum disease is because they were not informed about the proper way to clean their teeth. If you are wondering why your dentist always discover a new cavity every time you go back for a checkup then you need to look closely at your dental hygiene practices.

Keep in mind that being consistent in your dental hygiene practices will not only benefit your appearance but it will also benefit your overall health. The following are doable tips that will give you a bright, brilliant and more importantly, a healthy smile! We’ll set the record straight and show you how to do it.

Brushing Should Be Performed Correctly – when you brush, check your angle. The angle of your toothbrush must be 45-degrees and aimed towards your gumline. The strokes must be short and gentle. Make sure you include the front, rear as well as your teeth’s chewing surface to remove food particles and bacteria. If you miss some areas plaque can build up. Over time, it will destroy your enamel and inflame your gums.

Brush Twice Daily – don’t feel good if you’re only brushing your teeth in the morning. Ideally, you should brush your teeth at least twice a day to remove plaque. The American Dental Association recommends you brush your teeth for two minutes. This time frame is enough to keep your mouth clean.

Your Toothbrush Matters – do you know that the type of toothbrush you choose matters? We’re not talking about the color or the type whether it’s manual or electric – we’re more concerned about the bristles and the size of your toothbrush. The perfect toothbrush should have soft bristles. The head of the toothbrush must also be the right size so that you can maneuver it around your teeth. If your toothbrush is too big it won’t be able to reach some areas of your teeth leaving those parts prone to decay. Again, check the bristles. Bristles that are too hard will erode your enamel and it will irritate and inflame your gums. Make sure your efforts are worth it. Choose the right toothbrush.

You Should Not Skip Flossing – give yourself a pat in the back if you brush your teeth twice daily for 2 minutes using a soft-bristled toothbrush but it doesn’t end there. Another key responsibility to keeping your mouth clean is to floss daily. When you eat, food particles can make their way in between your teeth and sometimes the bristles in your toothbrush can’t remove them. The best way to remove food debris is to floss.

End Your Dental Care With A Mouthwash – complete your oral care routine by swishing mouthwash for fresher breath. We recommend you steer clear from alcohol based mouthwashes as these have the tendency to dry your mouth.


Always remember these dental hygiene practices we’ve discussed here and make sure you apply them in your daily life for a brighter and healthier smile.

Dr. Michaelangelo Aust

Dr. Michaelangelo Aust is the founder of Modern Family Dentists in Kenosha, WI, a full service dental practice offering general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry.

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